Edna St. Vincent Millay
Gift of Wallace and Wilhelmina Holladay
Vintage silver print
11 1/2 x 9 1/4 in.
Edna St. Vincent Millay was born in Rockland, Maine. In 1913, she won a poetry contest and entered Vassar College on a full scholarship. Her work received early critical notice and her first volume of poetry, Renascence and Other Poems, was published in 1917.
Millay led a Bohemian life in New York's Greenwich Village. She also traveled in Europe and was known to her friends as "Vincent".
In 1923, she won a Pulitzer Prize for her fourth volume of poetry, The Harp Weaver.
An emblematic figure of the 1920s, Millay's poetry celebrates living passionately, as when she compared her life to a candle burning at both ends in her poem First Fig.
Berenice Abbott executed two portraits of Millay, both of which were taken at the "Hotel des Artistes" in New York. Abbott and Millay had first met in New York and frequented the same circle of American intellectuals in Paris.
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